The Kitsap Regional Library Foundation presents a special fundraising event to benefit the Kitsap Regional Library. Meet actress Elizabeth Mitchell, this Saturday, May 26, 2012 from 6 pm to 9 pm at a private Bainbridge Island residence (those that purchase tickets will obtain the address). Actress Elizabeth Mitchell, a star of television series “Lost” and “V,” will entertain guests and answer questions about her life and career. In addition to her television acting career, Elizabeth starred in the recently released “Answers to Nothing.” She has also starred as Linda McCartney in “The Linda McCartney Story” and as Mrs. Claus in the Santa Claus movies with Tim Allen.
Dinner will be catered by Simply Bainbridge Catering and will consist of hors d’oeuvres and a three course meal. Peter Raffa, executive director of the Kitsap Regional Library foundation, commented: “Simply Bainbridge Catering does a fabulous job and tries to keep all the food from the island or within a 50 mile radius; so all the food is local and farm fresh.” After dinner there will be conversation with Elizabeth about her career in television and film, with an opportunity for fans to ask questions. Lastly, there will be an opportunity to take pictures with Elizabeth and have autographed pictures.
Tickets to the event are $100 a person, 60 people can fit comfortably in the Bainbridge residence, and the deadline to register for the event is this Friday, May 25, 2012 by noon. To register or to obtain more information, please visit: www.krl.org or brownpapertickets.com. For those that do not want to purchase their tickets online, they can send a check to the library foundation at: 1301 Sylvan Way Bremerton, WA 98310. For questions, please phone: 360 475-9039. Peter commented: “The house is on the water…it’s beautiful. Adults aged 18 and over are welcome to the event as we have wine.”
Peter explained a little bit about the fundraising event, “We’ve done dinners with authors before, but this is our first time with an actress. I want people to know that the Kitsap Regional Library is more than just books, we have: TV series, movies, music, people can download three free songs per week on your iPod or iPad from our Sony music collection from the krl.org website. We want to raise awareness that the library is changing and that we are more than just books. We need to raise money for the library system because it’s ever shrinking. Each library is funded differently, and we’re funded through property taxes with a 1 percent increase each year. The cost of everything is more than 1 percent, as it doesn’t keep up with inflation. We as a foundation need to raise more and more money to keep up with collections (books, movies, and music), including nonfiction and fiction best sellers, music, and downloadable books; which are now more costly than hard copy books. We have to purchase more downloadable books since property taxes are not keeping up with inflation.”
Peter shared how this event is unique compared to others, “People are coming from all over the world…just last week we started selling local tickets. People are coming from England, Italy, Kentucky, Beverly Hills, Colorado, and upstate new York to see Elizabeth Mitchell.”
When asked what many people may not know about the event, Peter replied, “I’m amazed at how many fans Elizabeth Mitchell has…she must be pretty famous. Lots of people in Italy want to wish her well and want me to give her the message. Coming from all these fans it’s pretty hilarious to me. People are emailing me saying, “Please let me know how much I admire her and love her work kinda.” It’s funny (Peter laughs). I’d like to go to Italy with Elizabeth Mitchell since they seem to love her.”
Other upcoming events include Seattle 7 Writers which takes place on Friday, September 14, 2012, from 7 to 9 pm at the Bainbridge Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $50 and attendees will be able to find out what inspires some of the Northwest’s finest authors: Erik Larson, Elizabeth George, Garth Stein, Jim Lynch, Carol Cassella, and Kevin O’Brien. Discussion moderated by author Jennie Shortridge. For more information, please visit: brownpapertickets.com.
Friday, October 19, 2012 from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo, WA will feature Rebecca Wells, actress, playwright, and author of two New York Times bestsellers – Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Little Altars Everywhere will present a dramatic reading from Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Tickets are $75. For more information, please visit: brownpapertickets.com.
To stay abreast of future Kitsap Regional Library events, please visit: krl.org. Peter concluded: “The important thing is to raise money for the library and let people know that the library is more used now than ever. People think because of the internet we don’t need the library, as if the internet answers everything and you don’t need reference materials. The library is important for lifelong learning.”
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com